Public invited to give views on spy chief, envoy nominees

August 26, 2014 9:50 am
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The National Assembly wants the memoranda sent to the Clerk's office on or before September 1, 2014 at 5pm/FILE
The National Assembly wants the memoranda sent to the Clerk’s office on or before September 1, 2014 at 5pm/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – The public has been invited to submit memoranda on the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director General nominee, Major-General Philip Kameru, and those proposed for diplomatic postings.

The National Assembly wants the memoranda sent to the Clerk’s office on or before September 1, 2014 at 5pm.

The Clerk of the National Assembly Justin Bundi stated that this is in line with law which requires public participation in such appointments.

“Pursuant to section 6(9) of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act 2011, the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations now invites interested members of the public to submit any representations by written statement on oath (affidavit) that they may have on the suitability or otherwise of the nominee for appointment as the Director General of the National Intelligence Service,” he said in an advert.

Major-General Kameru is set to be vetted by the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations which will consider his suitability for appointment to replace Major-General (Rtd) Michael Gichangi as NIS Director General.

“Section 7 (1) and (2) of the National Intelligence Service Act 2012 provides that H.E the President shall nominate and with the approval of the National Assembly, appoint the Director General of the National Intelligence Service. Pursuant to the said Act, Major-General Philip Wachira Kameru has been nominated for the position of the Director General of the National Intelligence Service,” Bundi explained.

“Following the receipt of the nomination from H.E the President, on 20th August 2014, the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations is mandated to vet, consider his suitability for appointment and submit its report to the House for approval.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Major-General Kameru following the resignation of Major-General (Rtd) Gichangi.

President Kenyatta picked the military veteran who has served in the country’s forces for the past 36 years to run the spy agency at a time when its effectiveness has been put to question.

His nomination came alongside a list of nominees to different diplomatic positions and the public is also required to send memoranda on the nominated envoys before they are vetted as required by law.

“Pursuant to section 6(9) of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary) Act 2011, the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign relations now invites interested members of the public to submit any representations by written statement on oath (affidavit) that they may have on the suitability or otherwise of the nominees for appointment as the Ambassadors and High Commissioners,” the advert stated.

New appointees are Prof Sam Ongeri (UN Habitat), Chirau Mwakwere (Dar es salaam, Tanzania), Robinson Githae (Washington DC), Kiema Kilonzo (Ankara, Turkey), Richard Opembe (Dublin, Ireland), Mohammud Mohamed (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Lucy Chelimo (Ottawa, Canada), George Masafu (Kinshasa, DRC), Julius Bitok (Khartoum, Sudan),

Others are Joseph Magut (Berlin, Germany), Issack Njenga (Windhoek, Namibia), Sheikh Dor (Muscat, Oman), Sophie Kombo (Lusaka, Zambia), Major General (Rtd) Jeoff Otieno (Cairo, Egypt), Stephen Karau (Geneva, Switzerland) and Rukia Subow (Tehran, Iran).

Other ambassadors in missions are Mohamed Gello (Seoul, Korea), Jean Kamau (Bangkok, Thailand) and Josephat Maikara (Luanda, Angola).

Ambassadors in headquarters are Lazarus Amayo (London, UK) , John Lanyasunya (Algiers, Algeria), Solomon Maina (Tokyo, Japan), and Ali Abbas (Kuwait).

Newly appointed diplomat is Richard Lemoshira (Harare Zimbabwe).

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